Wednesday’s box score
ORU 9, Wichita St. 4
E — Afenir. DP — WSU. LOB — WSU 8, ORU 6. 2B — Kihle (5), Bayliff (6), Domenico (6), Afenir 2 (3), McIntyre (3), Brandy (6). HR — Gillaspie (9), Brandy (3). S — Migliaccio, Sequeira. SB — Dearman (15). SF — Kirk. CS — Forcier.
|Wilson W,1-1||2 2/3||3||1||1||0||2||5.85|
Balk — Brummett. HBP — Domenico (by K. Gardner). Umpires — home, Gregory Tucker; first, Ben Harlow; third, Michael Lentz. T — 2.50. A — 618.
Take it easy
Wichita State’s Garrett Bayliff summed up WSU’s recent misery with his eighth-inning double.
He hit the ball hard. Then he pulled up lame heading into second base and had to come out when he aggravated the hamstring that kept him out three games recently.
Coach Todd Butler was hopeful the injury wouldn’t keep sideline Bayliff this weekend at Evansville.
“He didn’t pop it or anything,” Butler said. “He just can’t run hard on it.”
Get warmed up
WSU junior TJ Looney hadn’t pitched since March 15. He may get a lot busier this weekend if he can duplicate Wednesday’s performance.
Looney pitched 1 1/3 innings and didn’t allow a hit. Looney, a transfer from Seward County Community College, throws hard and a recent change from an over-the-top delivery to three-quarters sidearm is intriguing.
“I believe that he’s got the stuff to help us late in the bullpen,” Butler said. “He can be a difference-maker. It’s good stuff. He can get people out if he can throw strikes.”
WSU catcher Tyler Baker caught the new-look Looney for the first time.
“He’s spotting up way better than he did before,” Baker said. “His control is 10 times better than it used to be.”
Before Wednesday’s game, Looney had walked nine and struck out five in four innings.
From Dallas to Evansville
Bus driver Dave Goscha hopes he is a lucky charm for the Shockers on his four-game road trip. For his last assignment, he drove the families of Connecticut men’s basketball players for both games at the Final Four in Arlington, Texas.
“It was ecstatic,” said Goscha, a Wichitan who drives for Tours & Travel. “They came on the bus after Saturday and said I was their lucky driver.”
Goscha will drive the Shockers from Tulsa to Evansville for this weekend’s series. He told the Shockers the same thing he told the UConn fans. His goal is to take of the hassle out of travel.
“When they get there, I’ll concentrate on the bags, so they can concentrate on the game,” Goscha said. “I want them taken care of.”
Shortstop Erik Harbutz (hamstring) and catcher Parker Zimmerman (concussion) did not make the trip.… First baseman Casey Gillaspie extended his hitting streak to 18 games with his ninth home run of the season. Gillaspie has four home runs in the past four games. He hit 11 home runs last season.… ORU snapped a three-game losing streak to WSU and a three-game losing streak at home to the Shockers.